Traffic movement is getting worse in Bray
The district engineer Liam Bourke gave members an update on traffic and transport.
‘Push button upgrades have been carried out in 2016 from public realm discretionary funding,’ he said.
‘ The programme was not completed as other signal deficiencies were identified for which additional funding is required. It was previously reported that the cabling and signal heads at Vevay Road/Putland Road require upgrading.
‘ The pedestrian signals on the Upper Dargle Road at Fassaroe Estate and James Everett Park are over 30 years old. Both sets have extensive faults and the power supply at the Fassaroe installation has inadequate protection. It is recommended that additional funding of €56,000 be allocated from Public Realm funding for upgrade of these signals.’
Funding is still in place to carry out required ducting works at Castle Street pedestrian signals, which was identified last year.
‘Further deterioration of traffic movement has been noted throughout the town over the last few weeks,’ said Mr Bourke.
‘Dublin Bus have reported increased delays on the 145 route. The signals are all operating to provide maximum capacity on the main roads during peak periods. The closure of the Lower Dargle Road for road reconstruction work would be a minor contributory factor to increased delays. However, it primarily an increase in general traffic and particularly school traffic during wet weather that is the principal factor.’
He said that on the morning of Thursday, February 2, queues were noted extending back to the M11 from Wilford, across the M11 bridge on Old Connaught Avenue and for distances of 500m on the Upper Dargle Road from the Sun- nybank junction and 900m on the Vevay Road from the Town Hall junction.
‘As Access to Bray town centre is severely curtailed by the constraints of the existing road network, plans for alternative access to the town are required,’ said Mr Bourke.
Members asked him about traffic being routed down Ravenswell Road accessing the Harbour area. It is not feasible in the short term, he said, because it is tied up by a right of way with Irish Rail. Also the bridge is only suitable for cars. ‘It is something that could be considered,’ he said. Meanwhile, they are looking at widening Seapoint Road and putting in a third lane at the Fran O’Toole Bridge.
‘ The place has ground to an absolute halt,’ said Cllr John Ryan, who added that the councillors need to work together as eight and put a campaign in place regarding the N11. WORKS are expected to start at Oldcourt towards the end of May, all going well.
Cllr Joe Behan asked for information on the matter, as the latest phase energy efficiency works are expected at the estate.
Cllr Michael O’Connor said that some eight houses remain boarded up. ‘Is there any way we could have sent out tenders before the approval of funding?’ he asked.
Administrative Officer Triona Irving said that they couldn’t have gone ahead without approval from the Department because they provide the funding.
She said that they have gone out to set up a framework panel of contractors.
Then there will be prices submitted for individual jobs. She said that there will be 28 houses done by the end of the year.
Ms Irving added that officials will meet with occupants of the 69 houses. It is planned to deliver works to the residents there longest first.
She said that while eight houses are required for decanting, the sooner works get started, the sooner they will be reallocated.
Traffic on the Vevay Road in Bray.